The first section (Open House) contains items you will need to run a smooth and successful Open House! We all know how crazy it can get in there ;o) One of the things I always notice about Open House night is that the kids want to explore and the parents want to talk to you. Which is understandable but sometimes the kids are getting into things you don't want them to quite yet and there is a long line of parents trying to talk to you and you're not able to greet the new ones coming in. To help alleviate that from happening (or at least keep the flow going) I have included Student Information Sheets, Parent Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, Transportation Logs, a Classroom Scavenger Hunt and more! These items usually keep the parents busy filling out their information while their kids explore the room in a controlled environment and other parents, who have already filled out their packets, are now talking to you. Life saver I tell ya!
In the second section (Getting to Know You) there are oodles of activities to help you and your students get to know each other throughout the first week of school! This is such a big deal to me because this classroom is really our second home and we should feel as comfortable here as we do on our couch with our family. I spend the entire first week doing different "getting to know you" activities, that way the kids become more familiar with each other and they are working on their social skills in different settings. I've been to some places where they do an activity one day and then that's it. Well that might work for some, especially adults who are more outgoing and willing to engage in conversation with others, but not for kids.
I have activities for whole group, small groups, and individuals! Some of them are the old classics like "Classmate BINGO" (with a twist of course) and others, like "Dice to Meet You," will be brand new and engaging to the students! Dice to Meet You is my favorite by the way! There are also art activities that allow students a creative outlet to show you who they really are. By the end of the week they will know each other VERY well and there is even a game/challenge included to see how well they have been paying attention.
Since you made it through this LONG post I feel you deserve a freebie! I have done this Getting Know You Glyph for the past couple of years and my kids LOVE it! It also looks really good in the hallway for when parents visit. Click on the image below to download your copy!
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